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Women's Life

Michele Shackelford, editor

 

Gardasil- New Vaccine for HPV

Human papillomavirus, a sexually transmitted precursor to cervical cancer, has been a health threat to women for many years, but recent development of a vaccine, Gardasil, made awareness of it more urgent. Experts believe there are more cases of HPV than any other sexually transmitted disease, with about 20 million people in the United States already infected with the disease, and about 6.2 million more Americans contracting a new infection per year. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH) there are more than 100 types of HPV, and 30 of them are spread through sexual contact, and some cause genital warts. According to the American Social Health Association (ASHA) about 5.5 million new genital HPV cases occur each year. Statistics show that nearly three out of four Americans between the ages of 15 and 49 have been infected with genital HPV in their lifetime. [More]


The best way to bring awareness is to talk to one another. Women need to work together to make everyone aware of current and new happening within our health system.

Photo by Eddie London

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New contraceptive implant for women

On July 18, Organon announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Implanon (etonogestrel implant), the first and only single-rod implantable contraceptive that is effective for up to three years. [More]

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month:Race for the Cure

Breast cancer has become the most frequently diagnosed cancer among women, according to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. During Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, the Komen Foundation sponsors a national Race for the Cure. [More]

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